Thursday, March 31, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
The monotype is a very interesting process to use. It's alot like etching, only that it's a one off process.
Hopefully doing these has helped me have some insight into the direction I want to take my paintings. The fact that the image ends up backwards and upside down from how it is put down on the plate forces you not to be finicky. It is exciting to watch the paper being peeled away from the painted surface to reveal something that you only partly did. Chance made the rest. That reminds me of one of my all time favorite books, Being There, by Jerzy Kosinsky, also the last film of the late great Peter Sellars. The character was named Chance E Gardener, or Chauncey Gardener. This simple man made very simple statements about tending to a garden. Even though he meant literally everything he said, people took them to have profound meanings. In his simplicity Chance was very profound.
Friday, March 18, 2011
|90x180cm acrylic on canvas|
I am also realizing that Rome wasn't built in a day and paintings evolve. There is no way to rush this. That's ok...this is not a race. At present I am looking at the work of Danish painter/poet Per Kirkeby.
He uses an earthy palette that is suggestive of landscape.
This painting is a diptych. The canvas is stapled to the wall, which is how I am able to work large in my small studio. When the paintings dry, I photograph them, and store them rolled up. Also, 90cm is the length of my ginormous portfolio that I intend to use over the two years for the low res, the reason for deciding on that dimension. A number of canvases can be rolled up and carried that way, and checked with my luggage. Shipping crates from abroad can be very costly, and there's always the chance that for some reason things can get held up at customs.
Tomorrow I'm going to see William Kentridge at Lia Rumma. In the morning he's doing a performance and then the gallery will have an opening that lasts until 7:30. I have a catalogue of his, maybe I can get an autograph...His work is amazing and I'm sure it'll be inspiring.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Today was the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy and a national holiday. I took a few pictures of Corneliano Bertario, but it was raining cats and dogs so I couldn't walk around alot. Also, will have to re-shoot the pictures of my monotypes because I didn't use the flash and they could be truer with better natural light. But, I've posted a few here any way.
|1 50x50cm ink on paper|
|2 50x50cm ink on paper|
|3 50x50cm ink on paper|
|4 50x50 cm ink on paper|
|5 50x50cm ink on paper|
|6 50x50cm ink on paper|
|7 50x50cm ink on paper|
Thursday, March 10, 2011
|Il Maestro Giorgio|
|Using a roller to pick up ink|